Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Dr David Cooper
National Coordinator ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)

Trumping the Race Card - the Role of ANTaR and the People's Movement in Achieving Justice for Indigenous Australians.

The people's movement for reconciliation represents a stunning example of the power of communities to proactively confront the nation's political agenda and to find ways around the road-blocks set up by a national government hostile to the notion of rights-based reconciliation.
The re-emergence of the 'race card' as a tool in the re-election armory of the present government threatens to stymie further progress on reconciliation. But what is the nature of the 'race card' and what lessons can we draw from the experience of ANTaR and the people's movement in addressing the Howard Government's racially discriminatory approaches to native title and reconciliation? And what new approaches may be necessary over coming years?

David Cooper lived in the Northern Territory for 10 years and worked in the field of Indigenous heritage protection. He completed a PhD at ANU addressing issues of Indigenous attachment to land in the context of racism. He has worked as National Coordinator for ANTaR for the past 2

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper

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Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001